Everything That Breathes Praises You

Everything that breathes praises You, Lord God—
insects, from mites to moths, for making them the most numerous of all creatures.
plants, from clovers to redwoods, for making them food for all creatures.
animals, from mice to blue whales, making them in unending diversity.
humans, fast and slow, male and female, for making them with a soul.
the oceans, oxygen for the world, for making them sustain life on the planet.
magma, sand, dirt, rocks, and mountains, for making them the foundation of Earth.
the universe, for making it the entirety of this existence.

© 2015 Henry Rasof

Here is another nishmat, a liturgical poem meant to follow the nishmat prayer on Shabbat morning.

 

About Henry Rasof

I have been writing poetry for over fifty years. During this time, I have worked as a musician, chef, book acquisitions editor, and creative-writing instructor.

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